Development and characterization of a protein kinase C beta-isozyme-deficient T-cell line

FEBS Lett. 1992 Apr 27;301(3):310-4. doi: 10.1016/0014-5793(92)80264-h.


In the human T-cell lymphoma line, HuT 78, proliferation and phorbol ester-induced growth arrest and differentiation were inhibited by the protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitor, staurosporine. By contrast, an alternative PKC inhibitor, H-7, inhibited proliferation but not phorbol ester-induced growth arrest. The cell line was found to contain both alpha and beta isoforms of PKC by Western blot techniques. A cell line, K-4, was cloned from HuT 78 in the presence of H-7 and this clone was found to be positive for PKC-alpha only. PKC-beta did not return on cultivation in the absence of H-7. Proliferation of K-4 was insensitive to inhibition with both H-7 and staurosporine. However, phorbol ester-induced growth arrest remained staurosporine sensitive. Phorbol-stimulated IL-2 secretion was minimal in the PKC-beta-deficient cell line. These data suggest that PKC-beta may be a regulatory enzyme for proliferation and stimulated interleukin-2 secretion in HuT 78 cells. Heterogeneity of responses to PKC activation may reflect the use of different isozymes in different intracellular pathways. The K-4 cell line should provide a useful tool in the dissection of involvement of PKC isozymes in cellular function.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 1-(5-Isoquinolinesulfonyl)-2-Methylpiperazine
  • Alkaloids / pharmacology
  • Blotting, Western
  • Cell Differentiation / drug effects
  • Cell Division
  • Cell Line
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Humans
  • Interleukin-2 / biosynthesis
  • Isoenzymes / metabolism*
  • Isoquinolines / pharmacology
  • Phenotype
  • Piperazines / pharmacology
  • Protein Kinase C / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Protein Kinase C / metabolism*
  • Staurosporine
  • T-Lymphocytes / cytology
  • T-Lymphocytes / enzymology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism
  • Tetradecanoylphorbol Acetate / pharmacology
  • Thymidine / metabolism


  • Alkaloids
  • Interleukin-2
  • Isoenzymes
  • Isoquinolines
  • Piperazines
  • 1-(5-Isoquinolinesulfonyl)-2-Methylpiperazine
  • Protein Kinase C
  • Staurosporine
  • Tetradecanoylphorbol Acetate
  • Thymidine